wedding advice

iHeart Radio Interview with Host Harmony Walton

iHeart Radio Interview with Host Harmony Walton

 I am so excited to be a part of Harmony Walton and Clear Channel's IHeartRadio. It will air today at 1PM Chicago time (CST) and can be heard here. Harmony Walton is the host and the owner of Bridal Bar and Jet Fete . You can follow her on Twitter @bridalbar and @iheartradio. 

Getting Ready With Your Bridesmaids

Getting Ready With Your Bridesmaids

One of my favorite parts of the wedding day is the time that the bride spends getting ready at her home or in the hotel suite with her bridesmaids, Mom and friends.  It is a fun time to bond and relax before the busy wedding day starts. Often times we will have hair and makeup artists come on-site to also make sure everyone looks gorgeous on the wedding day.

Brides of a Certain Age Article in Chicago Sun Times

I love talking to the press and love when they call upon me for my expertise! Tammy Chase who writes for the Chicago Sun Times called me about three weeks ago to talk about my experience with brides who are a little older than the average bride which is reported to be 26. Turns out we had just helped Tim and Amy plan their fabulous wedding and they are both over 40. You can read the great article online but also read my tips for older brides who are getting married online. 

Ask Ali: When Should I Purchase My Wedding Shoes?

Ask Ali: When Should I Purchase My Wedding Shoes?

Ali, When should I be selecting and purchasing my wedding shoes? Can you give me any tips? (From Ashley)

That is a great question. It is a good idea to have selected your wedding shoes prior to your first fitting of your wedding dress which will typically happen two to three months before your wedding. Start looking for your wedding shoes about four to six months in advance of your wedding.

Wedding Advice for Grooms

Wedding Advice for Grooms

Staggered USA has arrived to the United States and wow do they have some great advice for Grooms. This is something all grooms should for sure add to their blog roll or google reader. Staggered USA brings grooms everything they need to know from what your best man's duties should be to tips for your wedding night speech.

Pantone Color of 2011-Honeysuckle Pink

Pantone Color of 2011-Honeysuckle Pink

Yesterday, Pantone announced the color of 2011, which is Honeysuckle Pink! I LOVE PINK! Love it. What a fun and happy color. While this is officially the fashion color for spring we will see it quickly start appearing in wedding designing and bridesmaids dresses. As Audrey Hepburn once said, "I believe in Pink,  I believe in kissing, kissing a lot"!

Taking Time To Stop, Breathe and Think

Taking Time To Stop, Breathe and Think

This week has been a hard week for me. I have seen people I love and care deeply about have losses in their family. Today I am reminded to stop and breathe and take time to live every day to the fullest. Life, and often in wedding planning, we can get so wrapped up in the little details.  Those details are so important to creating the beauty of the day, but also, please take a little time to step away from the details every now and then and look at the overall picture of the day you are creating together as a couple. The wedding is about sharing your love with your family and friends and celebrating together. And your love and friends and family are what brings joy and happiness to life. 

Wedding Processionals: Who Walks with Who Down the Aisle

Wedding Processionals: Who Walks with Who Down the Aisle

A question I get asked a lot as a wedding consultant is what should the order of the processional be? It is a great idea to think about this in advance of your wedding rehearsal. While rehearsals are for that, rehearsing, it is important to have a plan in place before you arrive to your rehearsal. I go thru a worksheet with my clients so I know who is paired up with who so I know the order the bride and groom want when we are practicing. 

What is the correct order of a receiving line?

What is the correct order of a receiving line?

As a wedding planner in Chicago, I get asked many questions by my clients. This was one I received last week that I waned to share with all the readers on my blog. "What is the correct order of a receiving line?" Receiving lines are a great way for you and your new spouse, your parents and your new parents to greet and welcome their guests following the ceremony or during the cocktail hour.

My Afternoon with Future Wedding Planners

My Afternoon with Future Wedding Planners

Last night I spoke at  Purdue University to the Purdue Event Planning Society. (PEPS)  Purdue has one of the top Hospitality and Tourism Managementprograms in the country. The "PEPS" organization is headed up by Morgan White, who was my intern this summer.  She did an amazing job and had the room packed with about 50 students.  I was able to share some fun weddings I have done recently but also give the attendees some tips on building their resume, organizations to become members of and some insight into what being a wedding planner is like day to day. 

Get Fit in Four Weeks for Your Wedding

Get Fit in Four Weeks for Your Wedding

You want to look the best on the wedding day (duh, of course) and I have found a new tool that helps you slim down and shape up leading up to your wedding. The Gym Coach is a great four week program to get fit for a wedding day. Whether you are are a bride, bridesmaid of wedding guest, this program will help you firm and tone and look your best.  I first learned of this company in my Engage 10Swag Bag in Cayman Islands. What a fun and easy concept to get in shape. It is 20 cards with step-by-step exercises and cardio routines. It is designed as a four week plan but you can start using it months out from your wedding and repeat the plan and up the weights. At only $24.95 for the whole set for a month this is an affordable option. So get off the couch and get shaping up!